Sure, the Electoral college is mostly winner-take-all, but America isn’t. The “red/blue” divide nonsense on TV is all about polarizing the country. See the map bigger here. It’s like Jon Stewart said to the boys at Crossfire: Stop hurting America. (Via BoingBoing.)Read More "Stop … Hurting … America"
Ian Grigg has a great page on the SSL industry (really the “certification authority” industry.) Worth reading. The topic reminds me of an essay, I think from Nick Szabo, on the use of language and terminology within the security industry to distort thinking. (The bit I remember discussed the use of “certification authorities,” self-declared.) I’m…Read More Ian Grigg on SSL
Something about a post by Steve got to me… Whenever amazon comes up in conversation I tell people how particularly behind they are but I don’t think I get the point across. Who does better? I find that it always works better to say who does well, rather than who does poorly. Let people figure…Read More Amazon (3 Comments on SteveC)
Nat has a typically insightful post inspired by Muine, a radical re-think of what a music player on your computer should do. Why would those things be there? Because every other music app has those features, and if you’re building a music tool, you’ve got to have them too. Only, somehow, you’ve got to do…Read More "Getting nothing wrong is for the uninspired"
My frustration level with bug-traq increases in direct proportion to the frequency at which wannabes report vulnerabilities on software that has limited consumption and little business on a business network. I finally contacted some of the wannabes. I probed each for more specifics than the original bug disclosure: I think that Dave has a valid…Read More Piscitello on Bugtraq
The Little Brother’s Database, an addressbook program, includes a tool, ABQuery, that allows you to look inside the Mac’s address book from the command line. (Via MacOSXHints.com.)Read More Query Address Book.app
Apple announced a new Ipod that shows pictures. What I want to know is, where’s the 8-in-1 media reader to take photos directly from your camera?Read More IPod, so?
I’m trying to submit my comments on Secure Flight. When I try to upload my file to http://dmses.dot.gov/submit/ProcessES.cfm, I’m told: An error occured while attempting to upload your comment [Microsoft][ODBC driver for Oracle][Oracle]ORA-01401: inserted value too large for column I’ve submitted a request for help via the provided link.Read More I wonder what this means?
Another interesting article from Peter Merholz closes with: Until now, user experience efforts have been focused on building teams that practice user-centered design (UCD). However, researchers at User Interface Engineering recently discovered that the size of an organization’s UCD practice is somewhat inversely proportional to the site’s usability. You read that right: Companies that invest…Read More Organization in the way: how decentralization hobbles …
In “Metadata for the masses,” Peter Merholz presents an interesting idea, which is build a classification scheme from free-form data that users apply. He points to Flikr’s “Cameraphone” category, which would probably not exist if there was only a pull-down list. He also points up problems: Many categories for one thing (nyc, NewYork, NewYorkCity), one…Read More "Metadata for the masses"